It has been a while since you have heard from me/us and in my mind it's a good thing. Today marks 1 year since the day I was talking to my lovely friend Mrs. Reyes at school and I told her I felt like I was going to pass out. As I slid down the hallway wall at school and began to have my second focal seizure, I never would have imagined where it would have taken me today. I was rushed to the hospital and after several tests I was told I had a mass on my brain. This 3x3x3 mass, basically the size of a grape, sent my world into a tailspin. I am unable to count the amount of MRI's, CAT scans, and tests I have had. That little grape "Phil" caused me to have over 10 seizures before, during, and after the 2 craniotomies that I endured. I went through 6 weeks of radiation and I am currently knee deep in what is called a PCV chemotherapy regime. Each cycle is around 56 days and I have 2 more to go. Shew when I said tailspin above, I meant it!
Instead of talking about the countless side effects from all the meds and how awful I can feel on any given day I would like to take a few lines to express the bright side of things.
1.)I am a helluva lot stronger than I ever thought I could be.
2.)Jim has been my biggest cheerleader, comedian, cook, cleaner, chauffeur, and has helped me in so many countless ways and I love him more every day for it.
He's had it tough so make sure when you see him, give him a giant pat on the back for being the badass that he is.
3.)I am so lucky to have the support system of friends and family by my side lifting me up along this rocky road to make this journey a lot smoother than I thought it could ever be.
4.) Pet therapy is a real thing so a big shout out needs to be given to Pearl and Pablo ;)
These next few months are going to kick my butt. I am beginning to put a plan in place to work on healing inside and out so I can beat the odds of this diagnosis. I am also planning on raising awareness about brain cancer and specifically the type that I have been diagnosed with, an Anaplastic Astrocytoma.
Thank you all for your support! We couldn't have done any of this without YOU.
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